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Education Research

The Science Learning Hub content is research-informed. These education research briefs provide summaries of Hub research activity.

Science Learning Hub online survey 2015

This education research brief presents the findings of the Science Learning Hub online survey carried out from 16 March 2015 to 27 April...

A productive process for school science curriculum design

This education research brief describes the use of content representations (CoRes) and the Science Learning Hub in primary school science...

Primary teacher education in science

This education research brief reports on the use of the Science Learning Hub in combination with content representation (CoRe) design as a...

How wall displays sustain learning

This Education Research brief looks at how when a teacher displays student learning and work on a topic in an accruing manner on the...

Adapting SLH materials: an overview

This Education Research brief provides an overview of the adaptations six teachers made to SLH resources so they were suitable for their...

Science in New Zealand contexts: perspectives of teachers and students

This Education Research brief focuses on the perspectives of two year 7 and 8 teachers, a year 5 and 6 teacher and their students when...

Teacher collaboration when science planning

This Education Research brief focuses on the value of collaboration between teachers when planning a new science topic using resources from...

Science planning using the SLH

This Education Research brief focuses on how teachers incorporated material from the Science Learning Hub into their science planning in a...

Adapting SLH activities: providing another context

This Education Research brief focuses on how a year 7 and 8 teacher adapted a Science Learning Hub activity by providing another context to...

Adapting SLH activities: changing the topic

This Education Research brief focuses on how a year 5 and 6 teacher adapted a Science Learning Hub activity by changing the topic and...

Supplementing SLH activities with other artefacts

This Education Research brief focuses on how five teachers supplemented Science Learning Hub activities by using other artefacts.

Adapting SLH activities: focusing on scientific language

This Education Research brief focuses on how teachers of different year levels adapted Science Learning Hub activities by adding emphasis...

Adapting SLH activities: incorporating prediction opportunities

This Education Research brief focuses on how two teachers of year 3 and 4 students adapted a Science Learning Hub activity to include...

Adapting SLH activities: adjustments for younger students

This Education Research brief focuses on how two teachers of year 3 and 4 students adapted a Science Learning Hub activity to suit their...

Adapting SLH activities: altering the aims and learning intentions

This Education Research brief focuses on how Gail, a science specialist teacher of year 7–9 students, changed the purpose of a Science...

Making and using an artefact

This Education Research brief shows that, when young students make and use an artefact where the science ideas they have investigated are...

Performing science

This Education Research brief shows that, when young students craft their science learning into a performance for other classes, they are...

We are scientists

This Education Research brief shows how a teacher used the idea of ‘we are scientists’ to help her students understand aspects of the...

Linking ideas, activities and lessons

This Education Research brief shows that, when teachers make connections between ideas, activities and lessons in a science unit, students...

Planning a new science topic

This Education Research brief reports on a primary teacher’s first time use of the Science Learning Hub. It was a catalyst for her...

Students’ evidence-based decision-making

This Education Research brief describes three approaches teachers can use to develop their students’ evidence-based decision-making. The...

Reading aloud text with secondary students

This Education Research brief describes how one secondary teacher adapted Science Learning Hub materials to suit the needs of her year 9...

Exploring the periodic table

This Education Research brief describes a classroom observation of a year 11 class. The teacher used Science Learning Hub materials to...

Children making evidence-based decisions about volcanic risk

This Education Research brief reports on children’s response to a unit on volcanoes that addressed the local risk.

Students reflect on learning science

This Education Research brief summarises the views of young students about their learning related to solar energy. Self-assessment through...

Adapting learning outcomes and activities for young students

This Education Research brief reports on a primary teacher’s planning response to a unit on the Science Learning Hub.

Science Learning Hub online survey 2013

This Education Research brief presents the findings of the Science Learning Hub online survey carried out from 11 March 2013 to 10 April...

Using concept maps to learn states of matter

This Education Research brief discusses how a year 9 class of female students used Science Learning Hub materials from the Strange Liquids...

Scientists talking to students through videos

This Education Research brief reports on how teachers used videos of scientists from the Science Learning Hub in their classrooms and what...

A butterfly story in a primary classroom

This Education Research brief illustrates how two teachers, Angela and Sally, encouraged year 4 students to think of themselves and to act...

Teaching ethics in primary science

This Education Research brief presents findings from three year 5/6 classrooms that explored the ethics of making fire retardants...

Science Learning Hub online survey 2012

This Education Research brief presents the findings of the Science Learning Hub online survey carried out from 5 March 2012 to 5 April...

Science Learning Hub online survey 2011

This Education Research brief presents the findings of the Science Learning Hub online survey carried out between 31 May 2011 and 8 July...

Science Learning Hub online survey 2010

This report presents the findings of the Science Learning Hub online survey carried out from 28 May to 30 July 2010.

Reading to learn about New Zealand birds and their conservation

This Education Research brief illustrates the use of active reading strategies within a primary science classroom. Active reading has many...

How one primary teacher used the Microorganisms science story

This Education Research brief describes how one teacher used the Science Learning Hub science story Microorganisms in her classroom...